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“Unusually good!”

Portivene Un Mare di Sapori
Ranked #1 of 66 Restaurants in Porto Venere
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $36
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 10, 2013

This small restaurant just up from the seaside walk and on the
way to an absolutely special 13th century church is outstanding!
First try to get one of the small outside tables and then order
seafood -- mussels, clams and fish -- we had the spaghetti with
anchovies, mussels and garlic ( I think there are three
variations!) the Palamaria may be best -- all very good.
Definitely recommended

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

Portovenere looks very touristy and is very touristy. I did not have high hopes for any restaurant. but what a GREAT SURPRISE! The seafood the best we have ever eaten anywhere in the world. Light and tasty. Portovenere is famous for its mussels and it was expertly prepared. The calamari, although deep-fried, light, tasty and not oily at all. We sat outside at a tiny table, barely big enough for 2 glasses and 2 plates, under a colorful red umbrella. Very romantic, while sipping wine and watching people stroll past. They played beautiful music, that was what drew me to the restaurant in the first place. The service was great too, not very expensive either. Charming, fab food, atmosphere and style. Enjoy!

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

We stopped here for lunch as to avoid the crowded and more touristy lungomare and had the best ever seafood lunch during our stay in Cinque Terre. We actually loved Portovenere even more than 5T. This is a lovely charming cosy restaurant with tiny tables outside on the street which makes it even more unique in style. The food is simply delicious and big portions. I recommend to try the ricottina for dessert. I am not a dessert person but this was just delicious and I almost didn't want to share it with my hubby. The service is impeccable, the ladies are very friendly. We were even offered Limoncello!

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Thank Danifloor
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Reviewed June 15, 2013

On a Wednesday night, we wandered into town along the waterfront undecided about where to eat. It was very quiet in Portovenere and my wife said "let's try that little boat place we saw the other day". The restaurant is at the fort end of Via Capellini, the little street which runs through the old town. It's a very bright, charming and tiny place and a sizeable part of it is taken up by a wooden boat which serves as a counter. Tables are pretty basic and the stools are backless and pretty uncomfortable unless you can lean against the wall as we did. We were the first to arrive so had the pick of the tables. At front are two friendly women with more English than most in Portovenere so ordering wasn't quite as much of an adventure as it was in other restaurants. The welcome was friendly as was the overall atmosphere for the night. Others filtered in over the next hour (a mix of tourists and locals including one with a dog who was asked by the ladies to move to the table nearest the door so that the dog would be outside). I don't get the Italian thing about bringing your dog to a restaurant. The dogs just look miserable and I can't imagine that the other customers would be all that enchanted about it either.
Anyway, we started with a beer and a prosecco and opted for the 25 euro degustation meal each. This began with fraterni - a thin pastryish thing made with chickpea, olive oil and water and served with pesto and a smooth white cheese. Very tasty but far too much was presented to us and we left a lot of it in anticipation of all of the rest of the food to follow. She had an enormous serving of pasta with mussels and I had a similar sized pasta with calamari. Both very good. We followed those with caprese and then squid with tomato and finished with panna cotta. It took two bottles of Gavi to wash it all down and a couple of complimentary limoncellos followed. We thought that 85 euros was very reasonable for such a good meal. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed May 10, 2013

If you love seafood, then this restaurant is a good one to put on your visit list. It is a little restaurant so not much places available and there can be a cue. Due to its size you might need some time before order is taken or food is served, but it is worth the wait. And the personnel is very kind and modest.

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